If you’re interested in rejuvenating your skin, you might be wondering about the differences between microdermabrasion and glycolic peels. Both treatments will resurface and exfoliate the skin by removing the superficial outer layer. However, microdermabrasion and glycolic peels involve a different means of attaining the desired results and are recommended for different skin types and conditions.
What is microdermabrasion? This treatment involves spraying fine crystals onto the surface of the skin in order to remove the outermost dead skin cells. Microdermabrasion aims to improve superficial skin imperfections. This includes age spots, fine lines, mild acne scars, sun damage, and fine wrinkling around the eyes, mild acne scars, age spots or sun spots, enlarged or visible pores, and fine lines. Because microdermabrasion is a simple resurfacing of the top layer of the skin, it is not recommended for deep wrinkles, moderate to severe scars, or pigmentary problems. Microdermabrasion treatment offers an added benefit in that it stimulates collagen and elastin production in the skin, creating a more vibrant appearance.
For clients in search of a simple skin-rejuvenating procedure with few side effects and minimal recovery time, microdermabrasion may be an ideal choice. Because surface skin cells are removed during the treatment, there is no peeling afterwards, and recovery time is minimal. However, clients with more prominent skin imperfections may wish to consider a glycolic peel.
A glycolic peel is a mild and effective skin peel that uses AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid). The treatment involves applying a glycolic acid solution to the skin. Glycolic acid breaks up the surface skin cells to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin, uncovering newer skin cells over time. A glycolic peel will address deeper skin conditions, such as acne, sun damage and wrinkling. Glycolic peels offer the advantage of penetrating into the pores to dissolve acne plugs, and glycolic acid is able to both draw out old skin and draw moisturizers into the skin. Recovery time is generally minimal.
How do the treatment processes differ? Microdermabrasion is painless and relatively quick –a facial treatment usually lasts about 30 minutes. Microdermabrasion does require several treatments to achieve the desired appearance – 10-12 treatments may be necessary, along with sessions every six to eight weeks to maintain results. A glycolicpeel usually takes 10-15 minutes for the peel itself, depending on the strength of the solution and the skin’s level of adaptation to the treatment. A series of treatments is recommended for optimal results, and treatments are delivered three to four weeks apart.
Check out Skin Rx Clinic’s comprehensive offerings of glycolic peel options and microdermabrasion kits for home use.
Sometimes we do things a certain way just because “that’s the way we’ve always done it”. This is true even in our skin care routines sometimes. You may try a new product here and there if you think it will make a big difference but ultimately, you don’t change the basics like how you wash your face. If you are someone who uses a washcloth on your face while cleansing, this information is for you.
You may be using a mild facial cleanser but using a washcloth on your face is not gentle at all. In fact, you may be doing more harm than good. The problem is that most people who use a washcloth tend to scrub too vigorously which can damage the skin. And while the skin does need to be exfoliated to remove dead skin cells, there is something better to do the trick.
A Smooth Skin Shammy is a great choice to cleanse and remove dead skin cells while still being completely gentle to your sensitive facial skin. This 9”x9” cloth has a soft spongy texture that can be used on even the most sensitive skin – even those who suffer from Rosacea. The Smooth Skin Shammy is so gentle it can even be used to remove makeup from the eye area. Unlike harsh washcloths, it won’t pull and tug at this ultra delicate skin which can cause under eye wrinkles.
The Smooth Skin Shammy is extremely durable and will give you several years of use for just $8.00. Making this important change to your daily skin care routine will help you to care for your skin properly by removing dead skin cells from the surface and pores while avoiding all the problems associated with using a washcloth.
Pimples, blackheads and whiteheads occur when pores become obstructed with a combination of dirt, oil and dead skin cells. Many people find it difficult to resist the temptation to pick at or squeeze pimples. It’s important to avoid doing so – picking and squeezing can easily spread bacteria around the face, creating more pore obstructions – and even worse, it can actually cause permanent scarring on your skin.
A safe and effective tool to remove blackheads and pimples is a Double Loop Extractor. This tool, preferred by dermatologists and skin care professionals, features two different loop sizes for small or large blackheads and pimples. Skin Rx’s Wire Extractor is recommended for blackhead removal. Both extractors are German-made stainless steel instruments and are the finest tools available for at-home extraction.
To use, start with a clean face. The extractor tool will remove pimples more effectively if you steam your face or use a hot water compress prior to use – the heat will soften blemishes and make removal much easier. To begin the extraction process, lay the preferred side of the extractor tool on top of the blemish, encircling the area with the loop – when using the Double Loop Extractor, apply the small loop for whiteheads and the flat side for blackheads. Lightly apply slow and even pressure until the trapped matter is forced out. If the blackhead or pimple does not release easily, do not continue to attempt the extraction – applying too much pressure can cause irritation, infection and scarring. When you’ve completed the extraction process, be sure to disinfect the area. The Double Loop Extractor and the Wire Extractor are not recommended for deep, cystic acne.
The Skin Rx Double Loop Extractor is also available as part of our Extractor Kit #1, which also includes anti-bacterial wipes, lancets, and 15% Glycolic Smoothing Gel. Our Extractor Kit #2 features the Wire Extractor.
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